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Addressing the Digital Divide in Schools

The digital divide describes the discrepancies in equity of access to digital devices and the Internet. Addressing this divide is crucial for educators to ensure students all have access to the opportunities, services, and vehicles for learning offered by the Internet and digital devices. Equal access is a goal toward which we must all actively work toward. The resources here are organized with the first half defining the digital divide and describing the necessity in addressing it. The second half discusses ways that administrators, librarians, teachers, and parents can take action to address the digital divide. Those resources present ideas for addressing the divide within several different school technology infrastructures. There are also resources that address problems with student access to the Internet (or the lack thereof) as well as the lack of access to coding education. Finally, the resources toward the end discuss ways of ensuring equity of access to specific oft-marginalized groups and ways that access to technology can be used.

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School Libraries Transform American Libraries Magazine Having transformative school libraries is an issue of equity. All children deserve access to the tools they need to learn, create, and share.
No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Canít Wait This article from English Journal expresses the urgency of digital literacy in education.
5 things every educator should know about digital equity Digital equity involves making sure all students have equal access to technology like devices, software and the internet, as well as trained educators to help them navigate those tools. Find out how the digital divide affects students with learning and physical challenges, minorities, girls, and those from low-income and rural communities.
School Librarians as Equity Warriors This article describes the role school librarians play in championing digital access for all students.
The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind The connectivity gap among distinct demographics is as wide as ever. Communities are being priced out of the Internet. What it means for jobs and education.
Libraries, Literacy, Outreach and the Digital Divide Offices of the American Library Association 2000†Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture By† Barbara J. Ford Assistant Commissioner, Chicago Public Library American Library Association President, 1997-1998
Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind - The New York Times The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote soon on a plan that could add subsidies for broadband Internet services in low-income homes.
The Digital Divide and Literacy Instruction This article defines the digital divide and suggests several courses of action for addressing it.
Efforts to narrow digital divide in the US - YouTube The new US telecommunications regulator is pledging to narrow what's been called the digital divide.
Equity through Access: 21st Century Learning & the Necessity of 1-to-1 - ISTE Community Equity through Access: 21st Century Learning & the Necessity of 1:1 An Article from The Journal, by Ann K. Anders The mission of the Partnership
Digital Equity Action Toolkit This toolkit addresses digital inequity. It was created by the Consortium for School Networking.
When Students Can't Go Online - The Atlantic Nearly every school in America has some form of Internet connectivity—but that alone doesn't mean all kids have equal access to the web.
How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access | EdSurge News When 3,100 teachers were surveyed by the Gates Foundation in November 2015 about the biggest barriers to using digital resources, the most common ...
Bridging the Digital Divide in Classrooms - Education Week Teacher Social studies teacher Brison Harvey offers some considerations for teachers trying to integrate technology into the classroom.
Future-Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning Created by the U.S. Department of Education, this resource provides suggestions for infrastructure that supports digital learning.
Marginalizing the marginalized with Internet filtering Knowledge Quest This article addresses issues with internet filters and their problematic nature, particularly for marginalized groups.
Championing Internet Access for Students on Banned Websites Awareness Day | Knowledge Quest Itís happened to all of us-- weíre at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and.... itís blocked. Now what?
Plan a Successful 1:1 Technology Initiative Large or small, school districts need to learn from those who came before them.
Engage Parents as Partners to Close the Digital Divide | Edutopia As a homegrown solution, schools aren't waiting for federal funding. Instead, they are enlisting parents as partners to help close the digital divide.
Ensure equity in your BYOD classroom To ensure digital activity in your classroom, choose cell phone activities that work with any type of phone or phone plan. Here are some ideas for using cell phones to engage students.
Start Your Own Mobile Device-Lending Program TechSoup for Libraries This article from Tech Soup for Libraries gives suggestions for beginning a program for lending devices.
Check Out a Library Hotspot Ľ Public Libraries Online While this article focuses on the public library setting, it efficiently describes the importance of providing hotspots available to be checked out in libraries.
A NC Library Brings Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students in Need School Library Journal This article from School Library Journal describes a successful hotspot check-out program in Charlotte, NC.
Bridging the Tech Gap | American Libraries Magazine Libraries bridge the digital divide by offering internet access. Many are expanding this mission by letting patrons check out mobile Wi-Fi hotspots.
Many Students Lack Access to Computer Science Learning | Gallup A new report from Gallup and Google reveals that while many U.S. students, parents, teachers and administrators highly value computer science education, many students do not have access to it at school.
Coding in the Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion | Edutopia By promoting code literacy, schools could improve education equity, offer inclusion for students with ASD, improve STEM proficiency, and build neuroplasticity associated with multilingual education.
15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) | Edutopia With this collection of resources, you can teach your students to codeóeven if youíre still learning yourself.
Using Blogs to Engage English-Language Learners | Edutopia Teacher and tech enthusiast Jon Schwartz espouses the benefits of blogging for teaching elementary English-Language Learners and boosting student engagement.
Reader Idea | Teaching E.L.L. Students With Messaging Apps and New York Times Videos - The New York Times This Reader Idea helps English language learners practice their listening and speaking skills by using apps and New York Times materials.
Maker movement: Bridging the gap between girls and STEM Maker education allows girls to experience in a tangible way how they can apply STEM skills to solve real problems.

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